[Marxism] "We did not sign up to fight Iraqis."

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Apr 10 21:03:57 MDT 2004

  Iraqi Battalion Refuses to 'Fight Iraqis'

By Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 11, 2004; Page A01

BAGHDAD, April 10 -- A battalion of the new Iraqi army refused to go to 
Fallujah earlier this week to support U.S. Marines battling for control of 
the city, senior U.S. Army officers here said, disclosing an incident that 
is casting new doubt on U.S. plans to transfer security matters to Iraqi 

It was the first time U.S. commanders had sought to involve the postwar 
Iraqi army in major combat operations, and the battalion's refusal came as 
large parts of Iraqi security forces have stopped carrying out their duties.

The 620-man 2nd Battalion of the Iraqi Armed Forces refused to fight Monday 
after members of the unit were shot at in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood in 
Baghdad while en route to Fallujah, a Sunni Muslim stronghold, said U.S. 
Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, the official overseeing the development of Iraqi 
security forces. The convoy then turned around and returned to the 
battalion's home on a former Republican Guard base in Taji, a town north of 
the capital.

Eaton said members of the battalion insisted during the ensuing 
discussions: "We did not sign up to fight Iraqis."

  full: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2680-2004Apr10.html

Louis Proyect
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